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HID light systems

This is a discussion on HID light systems within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; sgratrix, My HID systems are High Pressure Sodium (HPS) made by HydroFarm and it is ...

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    sgratrix,

    My HID systems are High Pressure Sodium (HPS) made by HydroFarm and it is the 430 watt with the Enhanced SonAgro light bulbs which emit both red and blue light spectrums for plant vegetative growth and blooming.

    My lights are attached to 6' light movers and each light covers an area of about 6' x 10'. The lights are above the tallest plants at 3 1/2 feet which gives me plenty of room to water, feed, inspect etc. The grow areas are also enclosed with mirrors and reflective materials so the light reflects and bounces back into the grow area.

    The lights and the ballasts produce a lot of heat but that is an advantage especially in the winter because most of my plants (Paphs/Phrags and other orchids) are warm loving plants.

    With my light systems, I can just about grow and bloom any plants, especially all the large multifloral Paphs and Phrags and other warm loving orchids.

    Hope this helps!

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    Default Hid lights

    thanks for the info, great to know, i have wanted to switch from my flor to HID's for some time,

    perhaps i will some time

    i also posted a couple of pictures of my grow area in the forum also

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    So, what's the smallest lighting I can purchase that will make a bit of difference (don't say HID) And, what should I know about bulbs. I'm really looking for an interim fix for cloudy days. But small and not permament. Don't want to buy anything that won't fit/work when I buy a house. I really don't want a big huge fixture - nor could I get it in the house w/out you-know-who noticing and throwing a fit. I'm already on thin ice w/ the amount of plants (in the computer server area of the house!) - florescent or HID would just not go over well.

    -H

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    Heather, you can try those clip on grow lights. I don't know how well those work because I have never used them.

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    I can't vouch for it yet, but about 3 weeks ago, I got a Philips 120 watt Argo-lite at boxstore for about $8 to supplement the window light for some sick orchids that I'm nursing. (I've come to realize nothing was getting enough light in the house and put everyone, but the sick ones, under shade cloth outside. Come the few really chilly months here, we've got an HID that will go into service in the garage.) Anyway, the light meter shows at least 2000 fcs (that's as high as the cheap meter I have goes, and I can't figure out the photographer's light meter my dad gave me) under the Argo-Lite, which fits into a regular incandescent socket; I've got a plain white cord with a simple white socket (from CostPlus or Pier One a bunch of years ago) that I hang over 6 plants on a humidity tray. The fcs start to drop off beyond the edges of the 6 plants and/or if I raise the light any higher. It's not too hot, as the leaves aren't warm, and the humidity is up around 60%. It was cheap and fits into a small space in my kitchen without making it look like a grow-room.

    Most importantly, the sickest phal of all, which had no roots left at all, went into sphagnum on 4/19/04, and under the Argo-Lite about 3 weeks ago, and it just poked a new leaf up two days ago. So, just my two cents, I think the Argo-Lite is working, at least for what I want it to do.
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    Cool. thanks guys!

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    I ended up getting a hydrofarm grow light - 150W incandescant. Certainly not ideal, but maybe will assist during the dark times. I was surprised how much light it seemed to give off tonight. I may get another if I am still in the same home come autumn.

    Thanks for all the thoughts and advice.

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    Liz, where did you get your cheap light meter? I'm wondering if I can find one around here w/out having to order online, but have no idea if places like nurseries or boxstore carries that sort of thing.

    Thanks!

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    Heather, I got it at HD; it was under $10. It's made by Hold All and it's a 3-in-1 meter: light, moisture, and ph. I actually saw the same thing online at a few places. It only goes up to 2000 fcs, and I have no idea how accurate it is, but I guess it's better than nothing. You could probably get a more sophisticated one at a specialty nursery, but it would be more, too.
    ~Liz

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    Default Thanks Liz!

    That's great to know - I'm going out tomorrow to get another light so I may pick one of those up too, just to have some idea of what I'm getting each day.

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